The Poem as a Mirror

Richard Blanco

May 26-28, 2017

Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

See below for
accommodation rates.


Program Description

In January 2013, Richard Blanco became the youngest and first Hispanic and gay person to serve as the United States Presidential inaugural poet when he read his poem, “One Today,” at the swearing-in of President Obama.

“I think of the poem as a mirror,” Blanco says. “We stand in front of it to see our truest selves—but in the background is also reflected the rest of the world around us, so omnipresent we often do not see it.”

In this workshop, Blanco helps us to engage our private emotions, grapple with our personal truths, and express our griefs and joys while bringing into focus the larger consciousness of culture, gender, faith, and race in which our lives are embedded.

By reading poems across the ages, writing exercises, listening, and sharing our work, we discover how the expression of our personal voice meets compassion when we tap our lives into a larger, encompassing consciousness.

Whether you are a poet, a lover of poetry, or simply curious about poetry, join us as we discover what a poem can do for our hearts and souls—and the good work a poem can do for the world.


Why Attend?

  • Spend a weekend immersed in the language of poetry to experience how a poem can move your heart and positively impact the world.

  • Gain confidence in expressing yourself through words, sharing your voice, and appreciating the work of others.

  • Engage with yourself on a deep level of inquiry, with the guidance of award-winning poet Richard Blanco.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

Program Faculty

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Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in United States history, and the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in…



Accommodations, meals, and campus activities rates, per person, for all program nights:

Pod: $280
Standard single: from $390
Standard double: from $360
Traditional: from $420
Suite: from $700

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